ORU, SDSU Secure Thursday #SummitWBB Victories (Feb. 8 Recaps)

Oral Roberts' Faith Ihim
Oral Roberts' Faith Ihim

Notes:
-- With its win over Denver, South Dakota State has won 20 or more games in seven consecutive seasons and 12th time in the last 13 years.
-- North Dakota State's Reilly Jacobson pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds in the loss to Oral Roberts.
-- Oral Roberts' Faith Ihim recorded her fifth double-double of the season and 17th in her four-year career.


South Dakota State 95, Denver 59 | DEN Recap // SDSU Recap 
BROOKINGS, S.D. (gojacks.com) -- With five players scoring in double figures, the South Dakota State women's basketball team recorded a 95-59 win over Denver Thursday night in Summit League play in front of 1,543 fans at Frost Arena.
 
The Jackrabbits, now 20-5 and 9-1, have won 20 or more games for the seventh-straight season and 12th time in the last 13 seasons. Macy Miller led the Jacks with 20 points. Madison Guebert added 15 points while Tagyn Larson and Tylee Irwin each scored 13 points. Alexis Alexander recorded 10 points.
 
Denver, 13-12, 4-6, was led by Carie Weinman's 16 points and Claire Gritt's 11 points.

Oral Roberts 64, North Dakota State 57 | ORU Recap // NDSU Recap 
FARGO, N.D. (oruathletics.com) -- Faith Ihim secured her fifth double-double of the season as the Oral Roberts women's basketball team defeated North Dakota State, 64-57, Thursday evening in Fargo, North Dakota.

North Dakota State stormed out of the gate and went on a 12-0 run to start the game. The Golden Eagles then went on a run 9-1 to close the first quarter gap. After falling behind in the first half, ORU went in to halftime with a 33-32 deficit after Maria Martianez hit a three-point bucket to make it a one point game at the break. The Golden Eagles shot 41 percent in the first half, while the Bison shot 54 percent. Faith Ihim had eight first half points. ORU out-scored North Dakota State 21-15 in the second quarter.

Martianez gave the Golden Eagles their first lead of the game scoring the first bucket in the second half. ORU's defense held the Bison to seven third quarter points to keep its lead. Faith Ihim secured her fifth double-double of the season and 17th for her career. ORU went on an 8-0 run in the fourth to take its largest lead of the game at 13 points.


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